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Lakers cruise against non-league foes

By Staff | Feb 21, 2014

The Iowa Lakes men went 3-1 this past week, losing 81-65 at Kirkwood last Saturday before bouncing back with a 100-72 win over The Waldorf Junior Varsity on Monday and then defeating Dakota County Technical College 75-51 on Wednesday.

The Lakers had very little trouble with Dakota County jumping out to a 14-2 lead while giving contributions from all five starters-Tate Harmon, Colton Neff, Diamontae McKinley, Justin Sloter and Deondre Parks.

Coach Troy Larson began substituting liberally after getting the early lead, which kept expanding throughout the first half. Leading 25-13, the Lakers went on a 18-0 run over a 4-minute span while taking a 43-13 lead with 3:55 left to go in the half. The Lakers only scored two more baskets the rest of the half, but led 47-18 at the break. Ten Lakers scored at least one basket through the first 20 minutes.

The Lakers shot 64.5 percent (20-of-31) in the first half with Neff and McKinley leading the way with nine points each.

Iowa Lakes cruised in the second half. Neff and McKinley each finished with 11 points, Emmanuel Golong had 10, Latrell Love had nine, Parks had eight, Brandon Boggs had seven, Sloter, Harmon and Parker Bailey each had five and Jake Janssen had four points.

Against the Waldorf Junior Varsity, the Lakers opened up with a 44-30 lead advantage in the first half and wont he second half 56-42.

Parks and Janssen led six Lakers in double digits with 15 points apiece. Neff and Love each had 13 points, Golong had 11 and Boggs had 10. Also McKinley had nine points, Bailey had five, Bill Makris had four, Sloter had three and Harmon had two.

Against Kirkwood, Iowa Lakes started well enough, leading 30-29 at halftime. But the Eagles shot 56 percent (14-of-25) in the second half and also got to the free throw line, where they were 21-of-28 (75 percent) over the final 20 minutes.

The Lakers were just 12-of-17 for the whole game. Love led the Lakers with 14 points, Boggs and Janssen each had eight, Sloter, Parks and McKinley each had six points, Harmon and Golong had five, Neff had four and Bailey had three.

Kirkwood had four players in double digits led by Myzeah Batie-Gaddy and Ajay Lawton with 17 points apiece.

Iowa Lakes (18-8 overall, 7-4 in the ICCAC) is on the road against No. 3 DMACC (23-4, 9-2) at 3 p.m., Saturday. The Lakers travel to Clinton for a make-up game on Wednesday before hosting Southwestern next Saturday, March 1, for the regular season finale.